"Nothing says love/lovin’ like something you made/make yourself” is a popular sentiment on Valentine’s Day. Something that someone does especially for another person is often regarded as more valuable than a present that can be bought off the shelf of a store. For example, an original and personalized greeting card might be more valuable than a store-bought card. A home-cooked meal might be regarded as more valuable than a restaurant meal.
“Nothing says lovin’ like something you make” was cited in print in 1997 and “nothin’ says lovin’ like something you made yourself” was cited in 2008.
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9 June 1997, The Ledger (Lakeland, FL), “At Home” by Mary Engelbrelt, pg. D1, col. 2:
Nothing Says Lovin’ Like Something You Make
The Home Office Organizer
September 1, 2008
Simple Pleasures: Homemade Goodies
Nothin’ says lovin’ like something you made yourself.
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5:35 PM - 11 Feb 2011
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December 15, 2011 by Jessica
By: Jessica Robinson
Nothing says made with love like something you made yourself.
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8:46 PM - 21 Jan 2012
Dimensions Needlecrafts Stamped Cross Stitch, Pair of Birds Pillow Cases
by Dimensions Needlecrafts
A great gift
By ellen on August 13, 2013
I made this for a 50th wedding anniversary present- and the couple loved it! Nothing says love like something you make just for them!
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4:37 PM - 10 Feb 2014
The old adage “Nothing says love like something you made” holds true even when you’re talking… http://tmblr.co/Z6bqXs17CbbEO
1:30 PM - 12 Feb 2014